‘ACB was established to do away with Lokayukta’

Former Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde on Sunday said that Anti-Corruption Bu­reau (ACB) was established to do away with Lokayukta and not to curb corruption.

Speaking to reporters after attending the Basava Jayanti programme organ­ised by Mysuru Veerashaiva Sajjana Sangha here, said that ACB can only receive complaints. It must take pri­or approval from State Cabi­net to take further actions and for investigation. “The bureau has received four complaints against the Chief Minister so far and it needs the Cabinet’s approval for further action. Is it possible?” he questioned.

In 2014, a futile attempt was made to weaken the Lokayuk­ta. But, now, though the police wing has been left with the Lo­kayukta, the powers to conduct raids on officers and peoples representatives are snatched away from the institution. But, as per the court orders, the Lokayukta will investigate pending cases before it, he confirmed. The former Justice however said that speedy investigation and punish­ment of the guilty would bring down corruption.

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